Simon Jordan suggests Gareth Southgate could be good fit for West Brom job
Simon Jordan suggests West Brom is the sort of club Gareth Southgate should be linked to, not Newcastle United.
Ex-England international Trevor Sinclair sparked the debate on talkSPORT earlier today [Wednesday, 10:40, 13/10/21] when he backed the England manager for roles at Newcastle and Leeds United in the future.
That was mocked by ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan, who offered three other clubs as more realistic possibilities.
I can’t imagine there’s a queue of domestic clubs wanting to take Gareth Southgate,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“If we’re talking about him managing Burnley, fine okay, I can see that argument, absolutely. If you’re talking about him managing Norwich or a promoted West Bromwich Albion [fine], but if you’re talking about him managing a top-six club…”
Not sure Southgate will agree…
Southgate’s only previous experience in a club manager’s job was at Middlesbrough between 2006-09, a three-year spell that saw the Teesside club relegated to the Championship.
But having rebuilt his reputation with the Three Lions, first in the Under-21s side and then in the senior team, Southgate will surely be looking for higher-calibre clubs than West Brom.
That’s no slight on the Baggies, but the 51-year-old is a winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award , and he led the country to the European Championship final in July.
Jordan isn’t suggesting Southgate would drop down to the Championship, but would be in line for the manager’s job if they were in the Premier League, and presumably current incumbent to the post, Valerien Ismael, had left.
There is an argument to suggest Southgate has no right to demand an elite-level job in club football given his past experiences with Middlesbrough, and indeed there may even be some Baggies that would turn their nose up at him, particularly given his past Aston Villa affiliations.
Southgate played over 200 games for the Villains and established himself as a fans favourite before handing in a transfer request.
But regardless, there just appears no realistic chance of him considering a move to the likes of West Brom, Burnley or Norwich City, so it’s a non-starter.
In other West Brom news, Roy Keane has issued a stern reminder over ‘this perfect’ Albion ace.